BARRY COUNTY, Mo.– The Barry County Health Department announced two employees of the Georges Processing plant in Butterfield have tested positive for COVID-19, but this isn’t the first time employees at a meat processing plant in Missouri have tested positive.
Over a month ago, Missouri was dealing with spread of coronavirus in meatpacking plants near St. Louis and Kansas City.
The individuals who tested positive at Georges are not residences of Barry County, and the cases are believed to be community spread from a neighboring county.
The individuals have been sent home to quarantine, along with individuals who had been in contact with the employees.
Doctor Randall Williams, the state Health and Senior Services director, said he didn’t believe those plants needed to close as a result of the spread.
“But going forward, we now have the testing capacity to move in very quickly,” said Williams. “We cannot thank them enough. We think what they do is incredibly important so all of us are able to go to the grocery store and get food.”
All close contact of the individuals have been notified and are asked to monitor for symptoms.
The administrator of Barry County Health Department Roger Brock, says they are working closely with the state department to see if they need to take any additional efforts.